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Merle Evan’s Cornet
Merlecornet

Origin

Merle Evans/Hartford Circus Fire

Type

Cornet

Effects

Signals people to evacuate from fires

Downsides

Area around the instrument is completely burned

Activation

Proximity to fire

Collected by

Warehouse 13

Section

Nero-637H

Aisle

884699-2487

Shelf

329369-2775-498

Date of Collection

April 7, 1978

[Source]


OriginEdit

Merle Evans was a cornet player and circus band conductor who conducted the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus for fifty years. On July 6, 1944, a fire broke out at a Hartford show and claimed the lives of 168 people. Evans saw the flames and signaled the band to play John Philip Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever”. Used as the customary disaster march to indicate an emergency, Evans and the band played until they had to escape.

EffectsEdit

Plays blaringly loud notes similar to emergency sirens when a fire occurs nearby. Those farther away will hear the notes and then see small flames flicker where the wind blows the noise, prompting people to leave hastily. Affects an area around the size of several hundred yards, or enough to cover any major event; the area closest will be singed into merely charred embers.

It is currently placed within the center of the Pyrokinetic section as a warning system in case an artifact activates.

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